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My Flats Challenge Hand Washing Routine This Year

#flatschallenge wash routine via @chgdiapers

I’m participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 4th annual Flats & Handwashing challenge. One week, no washer, no dryer, no problem. In prior years, I used my utility sink and Econuts liquid to hand wash for the flats challenge.

This year, I’m still using my utility sink, but I’m washing with my usual Detergent, Tide. My 2-year old’s diapers are pretty, ehhhh, horrific, and I’m also washing a preschooler’s night time pee out of these flats, so I really needed something stronger.

Wet diapers get a quick rinse and then sit in a tiny bit of water in the sink. Dirties are scraped off into the potty as much as possible, then dunked, swished & scrubbed in the toilet before giving them a rinse & soak in the utility sink.

When I’m ready to wash, I add about 1/2 tablespoon (max) of tide, swish, then agitate a bit with my diaper stirring spoon. Next I don my rubber gloves and really get in there and mash them around against each other, as if I were kneading bread. Drain, rinse, agitate, drain, then give each item a close rinsing individually before wringing & hanging to dry.

This isn’t a big change from what I’ve done the last two years, but I’m finding them more difficult to get clean with the really icky gross poop.

Let me go remind myself why I’m doing this.

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.

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